She paid him a final tribute. On April 9, Elizabeth II lost her “rock”. Prince Philip died “peacefully” at the age of 99 at Windsor Castle, Buckingham Palace said in a statement. This Saturday, April 17, England said goodbye to the Duke of Edinburgh during a funeral broadcast on television. For the occasion, the Queen of England wished to keep some precious objects in her bag, as indicated by the Mirror this Sunday, April 18. The British tabloid specifies that, throughout the ceremony, the sovereign was not alone since she had at her side a snapshot of her and her husband, when they were newlyweds. The choice of this one was not trivial since it is a photo taken in Malta, a place that is very dear to them. It dates from the time when Elizabeth II was not yet queen and the couple had lived for some time in Villa Guardamangia, near the capital Valletta. A period during which both were able to fully enjoy, without royal restrictions.
Queen Elizabeth II bowled viewers at the ceremony. Installed in the Saint-Georges chapel, this one appeared all alone in front of the coffin of her husband. However, the sovereign did not hesitate to chain discreet tributes. Indeed, People magazine revealed that, during the ceremony, an envelope could be seen on the coffin of Prince Philip. This is a handwritten note signed “Lilibet”, the nickname given to the queen when she was a child. The content of this letter was not disclosed by the palace, however. Another small detail, unveiled by the Daily Mail, the queen had also taken white handkerchiefs made by the tailors of Savile Row Kent & Haste. It is one of the favorite brands of Prince Philip, who according to a source close to the couple, used to fold them into a square and put them in the pocket, at the level of his chest.
Tributes to Queen Elizabeth II
If the purpose of this ceremony was to say a final farewell to Prince Philip, many have had a thought for Elizabeth II. Present at the funeral, Kate Middleton wore a dark dress, black mask as well as simple pearl earrings and a three-strand pearl necklace, which was not unheard of. Indeed, it was the Queen of England who had it made and she did not hesitate to wear it on numerous occasions during the 1970s and 1980s. A delicate attention which did not go unnoticed. The same goes for Meghan Markle, who despite being unable to make the trip, wrote a word of condolence for the sovereign. She also had a magnificent wreath made of flowers, which was exhibited in the Chapel of St. George.
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